Craftsman bolt on drill

Craftsman Bolt-on 20V Max System Drill-Driver Preview

In general, we’re not one for multi-use power tools for professional use. For one, with few exceptions, dedicated tools just always seem to do the job better. For those who need some tools for occasional use, however, we’ve never been opposed to a product that is flexible and may save you some money by combining multiple products into one. When Black & Decker announced its modular Matrix Quick Connect System, we wondered if this product might show up anywhere else. It looks like Craftsman took up the charge and brought in its own 20V Max edition of the modular power tool, adding a ton of Craftsman Bolt-on 20V Max modules to the mix and creating a pretty hefty ecosystem of attachments for the base tool.

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Craftsman Bolt-on 20V Max System Features

In fact, Craftsman is billing this as “America’s largest modular power tool attachment system”. The new Craftsman Bolt-On system has nine available interchangeable attachments that all connect to a single 20V Max tool base. The idea is that you’d be able to have a single tool for attacking many household-type jobs that would otherwise require an entirely new tool for each task. While the Craftsman Bolt-on tool may not be the best tool for every job, it certainly looks like it may provide some cost and space savings for an at-home tool.

As far as using the tool, the attachments switch out in just seconds to convert the Craftsman Bolt-on 20V Max from a drill to a router, impact driver, jigsaw, oscillating multi-tool, sander, hammer drill, inflator or trim saw.

The Craftsman Bolt-on 20V Max system base comes in a kit with a 20-Volt Max Lithium-ion battery, a compact drill/driver featuring a heavy duty metal chuck, and Craftsman’s QuickBoost Charger. The QuickBoost is a product we viewed over a year and a half ago at the 2011 International Builder’s Show and uses a technology that fast-charges a battery from 0 to 30 percent in just 10 minutes with the push of a button. Full charge is attained in just 30 minutes.

For the Craftsman Bolt-on system, each additional attachment is sold as an individual SKU. Here is what’s available:

  • Drill/Driver (included with the base kit)
    This drill/driver uses an all-metal two-sleeve chuck and features 0-800 RPM
  • Sander
    Similar to what you’ll find with an oscillating multi-tool, this compact sander is perfect for granting access to tight spaces. It’s designed to be used for finishing, rust removal, dry scrubbing, polishing and detailing.
  • Jig Saw
    This jig saw looks like a good fit for smaller jobs and also for tighter work areas where you can really get at it from a top-side or head-on position. We also like that the Bolt-on Jig Saw attachment also uses a tool-less blade change for fast and efficient operation.
  • Impact Driver
    Another die cast metal attachment lets this single-speed impact driver provide up to 1300 in-lbs of torque
  • Oscillating Multi-Tool
    Designed to cut drywall, metal, wood, plastic composite and a variety of other materials, the multi-tool attachment, like the jig saw, uses a new tool-free blade change mechanism that eliminates the need for a hex key.
  • Two-Speed Hammer Drill
    If the standard Drill/Driver isn’t enough, or you need to set some small anchors into concrete, the hammer drill will give you two speeds and power to get through masonry.
  • Router
    We never would have thought a trim router would be at home on a Dril/Driver style body, but Craftsman thinks it will go a long way for quick trim routing jobs. The company says the attachment will be good for small edging, decorative woodworking and hinge routing applications. Plus, a quick-adjust button lets you plunge up to half an inch.
  • High Pressure Inflator
    Inflators don’t get much press, but they are incredibly handy tools to have around the home. This attachment seems exclusive to Craftsman and can inflate bicycle tires, basketballs, or other air-filled products at up to 80 pounds per square inch (PSI). The attachment comes with a 14-inch hose.
  • 3-3/8″ Trim Saw
    Sometimes a small trim saw is all you need for cutting through small pieces of plywood, paneling or fence boards. If you keep it simple, this attachment should do the trick.

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The Craftsman Bolt-On System is available for pre-sale at www.craftsman.com beginning September 16th, and at Sears stores nationwide in November.

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Craftsman 46133 Bolt-On 20V Lithium Ion Drill and Driver

Craftsman Bolt-On Drill Driver is a power tool that can stand up to the toughest performance requirements, whether it’s just a simple home project or a fast paced job action. Fuelled by a 20V li-ion battery, this tool provides a lot of torque to handle any home projects. From simple home maintenance all the way massive projects, this tool promoted maximum productivity and reduced downtime as you work.

Built with a full metal dual sleeve chuck to securely grip the drill and driver tightly, this machine features an eleven variable clutch setting that enables it to deliver the right amount of torque suitable for the job. Craftsman Bolt-On also allows its user to easily swap the bits and secure them tightly maximising the efficiency and productivity of the machine. With its portability and versatility, this cordless power drill is one of the best selling of its kind in the market today.

Product Features:

  • Dimensions (in): Length: 8.86 Height: 9.17 Width: 3.07
  • Package Includes: Drill Driver, Bolt-On Body, Charger and Battery
  • Features a Full Metal Dual Sleeve Chuck for Serious Performance
  • 11 Speed Clutch Setting to Eliminate Stripping of Screws
  • Powered by 20 Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery
  • Smooth Turning Action to Deliver Precise Control
  • Featuring an Ergonomic Design Suitable for Long Hours Job
  • Lithium-Ion Battery that Holds Power Up to 18 Months
  • Charger Features an Easy Cord Wrap and Wall Mount Functions
  • Provides 35% More Power
  • LED Work Light Function

Product Pros:

The Craftsman Bolt-On Drill Driver is an excellent cordless powered by a 20V lithium-ion battery that provides a lot of power that can stand through the toughest tasks. Featuring a full metal dual sleeve chuck and eleven-speed clutch settings, this tool is capable of providing 35% more power compared to other cordless drills in the market. Built with an ergonomic design, this tool allows its users to quickly change drill and driver bits then secure them tightly, reducing downtime and maximising productivity for every project it has to handle.

Product Cons:

Although this drill offers plenty of features and torque to withstand some of the toughest tasks, this tool is not capable of doing a hefty task that may damage the motor of the machine. Forcing this device to take on hefty jobs for long hours can be dangerous to its motor.

Final Verdict:

Overall, the Craftsman 46133 Bolt-On 20V Drill Driver is an excellent tool for both DIY and professional use. Capable of providing a lot of torque to handle the toughest jobs and home improvement projects. With a variable speed of 0 – 800 RPM this lightweight and ergonomic designed cordless drill is one of the finest of its kind in the market today. Featuring an eleven clutch setting and a keyless chuck that allows users to securely grip drill and driver bits and swap them easily for maximum productivity and reduce downtime while working. With all the state of the art features this drill offers, this drill is an excellent tool considered to be the best-selling cordless power tool in the market.

Craftsman Refurbished Bolt-On 20 Volt MAX Lithium Ion Drill/Driver Kit

Refurbished/Recondition Craftsman Drill Driver comes with a One Year Warranty!
From simple home projects to fast paced jobsite action, this Craftsman Bolt-On Drill Driver stands up to the toughest performance requirements. Whether you’re ripping holes through stud after stud to run BX cable or just need to secure that new shelving unit to the wall, this tool clicks in fast to keep you moving. And powered by a high capacity 20 Volt Max lithium ion battery, it gives you tons of torque until the job is done. Featuring the solid build of a full metal dual sleeve chuck, the Craftsman Drill Driver grips spade, hex, drill and driver bits tight, while the 11 variable clutch settings deliver just the right amount of torque to every job. An essential part of the Bolt-On system, this drill driver pilots holes and secures fasteners then quickly swaps out with finishing tools, so you can travel light, getting the job done every time duty calls. A solid drill backed by the power of lithium and the portability of Craftsman Bolt-On, toss this potent tool in your kit and always be prepared for work. Includes: Drill driver, Bolt-On body, charger and battery Bolt-On Drill Driver features a full metal dual sleeve chuck for serious performance 11 Speed clutch adjusts to eliminate stripping of screws Powered by a 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion Battery, this driver spins until the job is done Smooth turning action deliver precise control Ergonomic design is ready for long hours on the job Lithium-Ion battery holds charge longer versus NiCad up to 18 Months With the push of a button, the battery will charge 0-30% in 10 minutes Charger includes easy cord wrap and wall mount functions for easy portability Delivers maximum charge to empty batteries in only 30 minutes